Cohabitation and the Uneven Retreat from Marriage in the U.S., 1950-2010
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Prepared for the NBER-Spencer Conference on “Human Capital and History: The American Record,” Cambridge, Massachusetts, December 2012. Lundberg is the Broom Professor of Demography at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Professor II, University of Bergen (Lundberg@econ.ucsb.edu). Pollak is the Hernreich Distinguished Professor of Economics in Arts and Science and the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis (Pollak@wustl.edu) and a Research Associate of the NBER. Pollak's research was supported in part by the University of Bergen and the Research Council of Norway as part of the AGEFAM project. Earlier versions of this paper were presented at the NBER Cohort Studies conference in Chicago, SOLE in Boston, and at the University of Bergen. We are especially grateful to Andrew Cherlin, Paula England, and Valerie Ramey for their perceptive comments on an earlier version of this paper. We also wish to thank the editors, Leah Boustan, Carola Frydman, and Robert Margo, for very helpful comments; Jarrett Gorlick, Jenna Stearns, and Xinyi Zhang for excellent research assistance; and Joanne Spitz for excellent editorial assistance. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.